Let’s face it, there are very limited resources available for learning Oceanic languages. A few textbooks and dictionaries, a couple of academic publications (which you won’t understand unless you are a linguistics professor), some free-to-use online materials that can basically teach you how to say “Hello” and “My name is …”. That’s all. Not a lot, right? … More “PRACTICAL MARSHALLESE” BY PETER RUDIAK-GOULD
When I say that I’m going to start learning Marshallese, I usually get the same reaction from people. First there’s the look individuals give you when you’ve just confused them. Then the daft questions start. They go something like this. … More MARSHALLESE 1.0: YOU’RE LEARNING WHAT?!?
Can you imagine a world where people speak the same language? Can you imagine yourself always understanding what foreigners say and being able to express your thoughts no matter where you are? Hold on a moment, I’m trying to form this picture in my mind… A world with one language. Convenient, that’s for sure. And scary as hell. Because what gives our little universe a distinctive flavor is a multitude of tongues. … More TOWER OF BABEL IN THE SOUTH SEAS